Tech Bits

NPR One

October 8, 2014
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NPR One

NPR has its own app for iOS and Android devices.  Six stations worked together to build the customized app: KPCC-Southern California Public Radio; KQED-Public Media for Northern California; Minnesota Public Radio; WBUR-Boston; WHYY-Philadelphia; and WNYC-New York Public Radio.  The user identifies a local NPR station and then, by marking shows of interest, educates the app…

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Social curating Q&A and blogs

October 8, 2014
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Social curating Q&A and blogs

One of the older curating sites, Quora came online in 2010.  Through this website, the user asks and answers questions on any topic, can write a personal blog, and rates others’ answers.  By educating the website on topics of interest, the feed provides more directed content.  Following topics of interest also reduces the information clutter. …

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Padlet Mini for sharing bookmarks

September 1, 2014
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Padlet Mini for sharing bookmarks

Padlet now has a condensed version available as a Chrome browser extension.  This new Padlet Mini makes it easy to bookmark webpages, drop files, videos and links to a central page. This Padlet Mini is shareable with designated collaborators.  While there are some similarities to Pinterest, the collaboration feature makes this a more useful tool…

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Curation on an image

September 1, 2014
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Curation on an image

Thinglink brings images alive with linked information.  This powerful service is free for educators for initial use.  Upload an image, tag and link bookmarked items to areas of the image and then share the results.  Good for visual literacy, information organizing, learning demonstration, and even digital portfolios, Thinglink brings together many of the communication aids…

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P2P file share made easy

August 4, 2014
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P2P file share made easy

This P2P file sharing app encrypts and transfers unlimited size files.  Potential recipients can download the software for direct sharing or click on an emailed link for cloud-based downloading.  The app functions now on Mac OS x 10.7+ or Windows-enabled desktops.  A mobile app and a Linux app are in the process of development.  Originally…

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Images and licensing

August 4, 2014
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Images and licensing

The Edublog community, an organization started in Australia and now worldwide, is dedicated to providing educational blogging for education.  One of the blog postings on images and licensing provides an extensive current directory of directed search engines that are preselected based upon type of subject, resolution, license availability, and user safety. The search engines make…

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Social Media Management and Monitoring with Sociota

May 10, 2014
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Social Media Management and Monitoring with Sociota

As social media tools populate our classroom offers, it can be difficult to stay abreast of all of the information.  Social media management and monitoring tools offer solutions for the information overload.  Sociota’s free tool for individual users brings new features not offered by most of its competition.  Now, it is possible to manage and…

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Rethinking and reviewing news—Mobile innovation

May 10, 2014
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Rethinking and reviewing news—Mobile innovation

Many apps provide news headlines and short summaries.  Circa goes a step further and breaks the news into elements such as facts, quotes, photos and maps.  Critical information is presented first.  By choosing to follow certain breaking news items, the reader is brought up to date in real-time on both the mobile device and via…

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Taking advantage of the backchannel―virtual online chat room

April 8, 2014
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Taking advantage of the backchannel―virtual online chat room

Keeping up with the discussion clutter during conference presentations disturbs both the presenter and the listener.  Twitter and other social media require mastery of technologies and the ability to respond with the appropriate symbols, such as hashtags.  In the end, conversation bits that might be useful can get buried in the mass of information or…

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Statistics made easier

April 8, 2014
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Statistics made easier

With partial support from the National Science Foundation, a selection of useful education tools for reviewing statistics’ concepts is made available for free through the Rice Virtual Lab in Statistics.  The interactive website uses Java, which must be brought current in the user’s computer and security level needs to be set back to medium.  Otherwise,…

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